Reach Kinshasa

Useful information on venue, travel, visa, accommodation and visits

Venue

The conference will be held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The city of Kinshasa, formerly Léopoldville (Dutch: Leopoldstad), is the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The city is located alongside the Congo River. Once a site of fishing and trading villages, Kinshasa is now a megacity with an estimated population of more than 11 million. It faces Brazzaville, the capital of the neighbouring Republic of the Congo, which can be seen in the distance across the wide Congo River, making them the world's second-closest pair of capital cities after Rome and Vatican City. The city of Kinshasa is also one of the DRC's 26 provinces. Because the administrative boundaries of the city-province cover a vast area, over 90 percent of the city-province's land is rural in nature, and the urban area occupies a small but expanding section on the western side (Wikipedia).

Kinshasa is the Africa's third-largest urban area after Cairo and Lagos. It is also the world's largest Francophone urban area (surpassing Paris in population).  The four national languages spoken in Kinshasa include Kikongo, Lingala, Swahili and Tshiluba. English and French are commonly spoken in Kinshasa, with the French being the official language.

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TRAVEL AND VISA

Many international flights connect Kinshasa to several other countries in Africa and the world. This includes air carriers such as : 

Air France, A-Sky, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Brussels Airlines, Camair-Co, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Royal air Maroc, RwandAir, South African Airlines, Taag Airlines, Turkish Airlines.

VISA

Visa entry to DRC is obtained through DRC embassies across the world. The organising committee is also working with the DRC government to facilitate visa obtention for participants to the conference.

Accommodation

The town of Kinshasa offers a diversity of hotels. Please see the link below for the hotels near the city centre. 

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Visits

The city of Kinshasa is located downstream of the Congo River, where participants will have an opportunity to explore some main features of the river such as the Congo Chenal, Malebo Pool and the Kinsuka rapids. The link below provides some other places to visit in Kinshasa.

Find places to visit in Kinshasa